SEC is Pointing the Finger at PE, VC, and Hedge Funds…

Marc Patterson
2 min readAug 3, 2023

According to The Wall Street Journal, the SEC is coming to help private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investors.

As Reagan is quoted as saying: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

All joking aside, many in the industry would argue that greater SEC oversight is unnecessary. However, what cannot be argued is that private markets — as defined by private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds — have grown over the last two decades to dominate the investment markets.

From the article: “(SEC Chair) Gensler said in a recent speech that private funds’ gross assets recently surpassed those of the commercial banking sector at more than $25 trillion. That is up from $9 trillion in 2012, according to SEC data. Some policy makers have grown alarmed at the burgeoning size of the lightly regulated sector. They worry that private funds could pose risks to financial stability and to pension beneficiaries such as teachers and firefighters.”

That is an almost three-fold asset increase in just ten years. The industry may not like the increased scrutiny of the SEC. But given that the sector has now surpassed the commercial banking sector, it would be naive not to expect more regulatory oversight.

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Marc Patterson

Founder and Managing Director at Bennu Partners (BennuPartners.com) - Solutions platform for Growth-Stage companies seeking institutional capital.